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YouTube TV & NFL Network: Top Stories, Sports and Business News — Sept. 3

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These are the stories shaping sports and business for Thursday, Sept. 3.

NFL Network, YouTube TV Agree to New Carriage Deal

The cord-cutting sports community celebrated a victory on Thursday morning when the NFL announced they had reached an agreement to carry NFL Network on the YouTube TV platform.

The announcement was made a week before the NFL season is set to kick off between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL Network will be available to all subscribers for YouTube TV’s base package.

NFL Redzone, the popular seven-hour program that takes NFL fans into every game with no commercial interruption will be available as part of YouTube TV’s Sports Plus plan.

This takes away a bit of an edge from YouTube TV’s streaming competitor, FUBO, which up until today was the only other streaming provider to carry both the NFL Network and NFL Red Zone.

The NFL accounted for 47 of the top 50 highest-rated shows on television in 2019, so there was extra incentive to continue to add to their market.

And speaking of football, if you have a fantasy football draft coming up today, or perhaps this weekend, be sure to head over to slash fantasy to be a part of the SI Fantasy Plus Community. There’s cheat sheets, mock draft breakdowns, team previews, and more to help you crush the competition and win your league. And we’ll also be doing a live stream TONIGHT at 9pm eastern over on Sports Illustrated Facebook Live.

Coronavirus Update

According to Johns Hopkins, there are over 26.1 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 864,000 deaths. The U.S. has surpassed 6.1 million cases with over 186,000 deaths.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that casinos can reopen starting Wednesday, Sept. 9. The same goes for malls.

However, they can only reopen on the condition that they have enhanced air filtration systems installed. Malls and casinos will be allowed to have a 25% max capacity. For casinos, the capacity will be monitored with the New York State gaming commission taking the lead as the enforcement agency.

The casino will look a little different, too. No table games will be allowed to be played on the floor until barriers are approved by the gaming commission and there will be no beverage service.

And shopping malls can reopen with a 50% capacity, also with the requirement of the new air filtration devices installed.

Of course, masks and social distancing will be required. 

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